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      Taxi for Tobruk

      1961 1h 35m War Adventure List
      Reviews 82% Audience Score 250+ Ratings French commandos (Lino Ventura, Maurice Biraud) kidnap a German captain (Hardy Kruger) and cross the North African desert in his car. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Great movie. Top notch actors. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member “Un taxi pour Tobrouk” had best be described as a good old-fashioned 4-star movie. It contains a simple, predictable plot with mostly predictable action, but we wouldn’t expect (nor wish) otherwise. The strength of this movie is (of course) in the character development of the men involved and the way they relate to each other. Admittedly, it’s not surprising what happens (there are those who dislike the German officer and those who are willing to be merciful, even though they start out mistrusting him; some of the Frenchmen gradually change their opinion of him, whereas others aren’t prepared to. At the same time, the German has to find his position in this group of (potential) enemies – can he trust them well enough to not fear for his life, and should he lend a helping hand whenever the situation calls for it? And if so, is this out of a (misguided?) sense of camaraderie or just because it will mean he will save at least his own life during this touch-and-go expedition?). During their predicament, the men will be forced to forge some sort of alliance with unlikely parties because this is the only way for them to survive. In the process, they will also come round to analyzing the absurdity of war as such as well as its consequences. With a concept like this, one just cannot go wrong. And for this reason, “Un taxi pour Tobrouk” never goes wrong. All the scenes during the drive through the desert make good sense, even though we can see it all coming. The ending is perhaps not so predictable, even though we have seen such things before in other movies of the same genre too. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member J'aime pas les road movies, sauf celui-ci !! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Deux intellectuels assis vont moins loin qu’une brute qui marche. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A much too rare movie with a fantastic cast. Certainly the best action movie about desert action during WWII. It is witty and thrilling, I loved it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Lino Ventura et dialogue de Audiard. Pas besoin d'en ajouter. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis French commandos (Lino Ventura, Maurice Biraud) kidnap a German captain (Hardy Kruger) and cross the North African desert in his car.
      Director
      Denys de La Patelliére
      Screenwriter
      Denys de La Patelliére, René Havard, Michel Audiard
      Production Co
      Franco London Films, Procusa, Gaumont
      Genre
      War, Adventure
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Runtime
      1h 35m